The Scrap House

Infiniti times nothing. | June 20, 2010

Today was a productive day. With the help of my dad we got the wiring almost done. The outlets are now done. Switches are done. So all that’s left to do is wiring in the lights.

It was slightly more difficult than you would think. The thing is, there’re two circuits in the house, one for the lights and another for the outlets. The wiring for the lights is pretty standard, but if you’ll notice the wiring for the outlets is really heavy guage. We did this because, well, it’s what we had. So getting all that attached and stuffed into the boxes took some doing but it’s all well and good.

Dad also got the sugar bugger circuit breaker box wired in. Yes, the infamous all-auxillary one. Everything is still auxillary and thus nothing still is. Trippy aye? Either way that’s done and ready to be screwed into the wall.

I also did some work of an insulatory nature. Blood sugar must sound tasty to a vampire. Hmm… random thought there. And moving on… So, I started cutting the foam. At first with a Japanese saw, which bent and broke. I then tried again with a hot-wire. It worked great but was impractically slow. So I just used a regular wood speed saw. It wasn’t as clean a cut but it got the job done quickly and in the end it doesn’t really matter.

It’s not incredibly tight, so it’s not incredibly efficient, but in the end you could probably heat 96 square feet with an overclocked Pentium 1, so I’m not terribly concerned.

Now… trees. Who doesn’t hate trees? You see, most people are simply mistaken… they’re not hugging trees, they’re trying to strangle them! I love vague pronouns. He does as well. When’s the last time a tree did something good? You ever be walkin’ around and be like “Hey Tree, thanks for that thing you did that was kind and considerate!” No! Where do you think the term uproot comes from? Clearly they are run of the mill beetle infested stool pidgeon nerdowells. Looks peaceful, no?

Well look again!

Arrgh! Those were new before they weren’t!

But ahh… don’t worry friend, I got back, ahh… yes I did indeed.

The Red Cross shirt was just for irony… silly blood-less trees.

So… now we get to the real matter. And frankly, it’s somewhat of an apology. If you recall, to this point the house hasn’t been truly free. It cost, I think $2.56. There was a plumbing fitting we simply couldn’t find and in desperation… bought one. Well, now as we work on the house time is more of a factor than ever before. And so out scavenging time and resources have been cut. We had some outlets and switches but none of the correct type; most of what we had were 3-way. Well friends, bare with me here…

Unfortunately, all of the switches and outlets with the exception of the one in the loft were bought new. We simply didn’t have any, didn’t foresee being able to find some, and moreso viewed it as somewhat of a safety-related purchase. Combining these factors we bit the bullet and pulled the trigger.

With that the total cost is still less than $10, so I’m not too devastated. There is another free house I know of being built. The thing is, by his logic, if he finds something for free and can then sell it that money can go towards the house and keep the net value free. But to me, that’s brokering, that’s work, and therefore a job. And we all know you can work, make money, and buy a house; so for me that’s against the spirit of the challenge. So while I could do something like that I think I can in good conscience be okay with having spent the money on it. Oh well. Here’s the link to that site: It’s a good read and a great project, simply a different approach and philosophy.

More updates tomorrow, including some potential panneling!

Happy Father’s Day Everyone!


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  1. Did you use a metal enclosure for our circuit panel? i think the tree was trying to sabotage the house so that more unsuspecting birds might fly in, that tree is an evil genius!

    Comment by Mr. Green jacket guy — June 21, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

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This blog is dedicated to an experiment a group of three other fellow students and I are doing at our school in Buxton, NC. My Drafting III class and I set out to see if we could build a house for free. It's small, but functional. All the materials come out of dumpsters. And most of all, it's working.







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